Edinburgh’s Other Castles

We all are aware the Edinburgh castle is our city’s most popular tourist attraction; the massive medieval fortress sitting atop of a volcanic rock is impressive to say the least.  However Edinburgh has more than just one castle.  here are Edinburgh’s Other Castles

Lauriston Castle

2 Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 6AD.
Head out towards crammond and you can find Lauriston Castle; this is a 16th century tower house with 19th century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, with some cracking views.  You can access the castle via guided tours.  Within the grounds is a very nice Japanese garden, this is the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship Garden, opened in 2002 to celebrate the twinning with Kyoto Prefecture.

Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle

Edinburgh Museums and Galleries link

Craigmillar castle

Craigmillar Castle Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4SY
Lets be honest, lauriston Castle doesn’t really look like a castle at all, where as Craigmillar looks like a classic.   The old medieval ruins of this 14th century castle is how many in-vision a castle to be, Craigmillar is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, it’s tower house is one of the oldest in Scotland, from where you can get some stunning panoramic views of the city.  This castle is about 3 miles southeast of the city center.

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Historic Scotland Link

Attractions on the Royal Mile

Tourist Attractions on the Royal Mile Edinburgh, this mile long street has numerous attractions, not just for tourists.   Starting on Castlehill (West End)  I will go down the Royal Mile (High Street) through the lawn market ending up on the on the other end at the Cannongae (East End) pointing out what I think may or may not be worth a visit.  I do realize that this has been done many times, but here is my take…  Not included pricing, that changes all to often, but web links are there.

1) Edinburgh Castle
http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

The Castle, built atop of a volcanic rock this dominates the Edinburgh skyline and probably the first place to visit for many tourists.  A wee bit pricy around £16 for an adult, but certainly worth a visit.  It’s Home to Edinburgh’s oldest building ‘St Margaret’s Chapel’ this was built in the 12th century, Mongs Meg a huge 17th Century siege cannon, the National war museum.

2) Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
http://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/
549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND

This is a brilliant quirky thing to see, about 150 years old, inside the Victorian rooftop you get to see moving images of around the city through a periscope, even flip and move people around.  on your way up you will see many things that will play with your mind.  Oh its also worth mentioning that this is that they claim to be Edinburgh’s oldest attraction

3) The Scotch Whisky Experience
http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/
354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

You can’t come to Scotland without trying some of our fine Whisky’s, learn how its made, participate in some tasting and smell the aromas.  Remember though in Scotland its Whisky not Whiskey

4) The Hub
http://www.thehub-edinburgh.com/
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Hub is a central source of information on all the Edinburgh Festivals. Its Gothic spire one of the highest point in central Edinburgh

5) Gladstone’s Land
http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Gladstones-Land/
477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT

Easy to miss, this is a building with historic significance a 17th century high-tenement house.   Edinburgh used to be so crammed together in the old town with this style of building.

6) Heart of Midlothian
367-377 High St, Edinburgh

This heart-shaped mosaic, formed in coloured granite setts is built into the pavement just outside St Giles’ Cathedral marks the spot of the 15th-century Old Tolbooth, this was the main municipal building in the city of Edinburgh for more than 400 years.  This Tolbooth was also the Edinburgh’s main gaol where public execution and torture were conducted.

7) St Giles’ Cathedral
http://www.stgilescathedral.org.uk/
High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh.

8) Mercat Cross
Parliament Square next to St Giles Kirk.

Not the original location of the Mercat cross, original a little further down, demolished 1756, rebuilt in this location around 1880.  The Mercat cross was a place for important civic announcements, punishment and sometimes executions.

9) Tron Kirk
9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

The Tron Kirk is a former parish church, It is a well-known landmark on the Royal Mile. It was built in the 17th.

10) Museum Of Childhood
http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Childhood
42 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TG

This is a nice place, take some time and look around some old children’s toys, perhaps experience some nostalgia.  Surprising quite a lot to look at spanning several floors

 

 

11) John Knox House
43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

This is an historic house reputed to have been owned, lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century

12) Cannongate kirk
http://www.canongatekirk.org.uk/
153 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BN

The Kirk of the Canongate, or Canongate Kirk, serves the Parish of Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town,

13) Museum Of Edinburgh
http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/Museum-of-Edinburgh.aspx
142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8DD

The Museum of Edinburgh, is a museum housing a collection relating to the town’s origins, history and legends

14) Scottish Parliament Building
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/
Edinburgh EH99 1SP, United Kingdom

This is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood,  Construction of the building commenced in June 1999 formal opening took place on 9 October 2004.  it is open to visitors Monday to Saturday and is free of charge to visit

15) Holyrood Palace
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX

Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.  Disappointingly photographs inside are not permitted

 

Edinburgh named 3rd most welcoming city in the world

From the EEN

THE Capital traditionally lags “smiles” behind Glasgow in the friendliness stakes – but not any more.

Tourist bible Conde Nast Traveller has named Edinburgh as the third most welcoming city in the world – while Scotland’s largest metropolis failed to make the cut.

Based on more than a million votes cast by nearly 77,000 readers, the magazine’s ranking scored cities on a five-point scale – running from excellent to poor – and across criteria including location, political perception, size and language barriers.

Edinburgh has emerged with top marks, trailing only the Irish city of Cork and Asheville in the US state of North Carolina.

And contrary to the long-held belief that they are more reserved and distant than counterparts elsewhere, locals here were described as “extremely friendly” in the prestigious guide.

Full Article here

Welcoming unless you rub Greyfriars Bobby… then, well we may yell at you. ;-)

Sir Walter Scott

The Scott Monument. This is a large Gothic monument in Princes Street gardens, a monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world. Very close to Waverley Railway Station, this station is named after Walter Scott’s first novel published in 1814. incidentally to celebrate the novels 200th anniversary you can download a free eBook http://www.cityofliterature.com/great-scott-campaign/downloads/

Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Sherlock Holmes Statue

A statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, just at the top of Leith walk. It is a tribute to author Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born in the street in 1859. It was temporary moved in 2009 to make way for the tram works, underneath they found a time capsule, this was not opened but returned later with the statue

Sherlock Holmes Statue

Sherlock Holmes Statue

Sherlock Holmes Statue

Figgate Park Panoramic

Lets continue with some Panoramic photos, here we have Figgate park, its a stone throw away from where I live.  here is a snippet from edinburgh.gov.uk

With its distinctive burn running through the park, pond and animated wildlife, the Figgate Park provides an attractive green space in the heart of Edinburgh’s East Neighbourhood. Its many entrances are commonly used by local walkers, joggers and cyclists as a convenient access to areas between Duddingston and Portobello.

Figgate Park

Figgate Park